How to get a job in Calgary

How to get a job in Calgary? A quick guide for everyone, foreigners and Canadians

Everyone who wants to get a job in Calgary needs first to find a job in Calgary. A good start can be a job website like Indeed Canada in Calgary, Alberta job centre , or Kijiji in Calgary.

You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in Calgary. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in Calgary or in Canada.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Canada. Canadian citizens don’t need a work permit to get a job. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer, or employment agency. Read more below on how to find a job in Calgary and on how to get a work permit for Canada.

How to get a job in Calgary?

The first step in getting a job in Calgary is to find a job in Calgary. Find out where to look for work in Calgary in the sections below.
Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of Canada.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in Canada already.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you. You will need to handle together all the paperwork to get you a work permit or a work visa.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about a work permit if you need it.

How to find a job in Calgary?

You can find a job in Calgary by searching online for job opportunities in Calgary. You can find a job either with a company, or with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

Most of the following websites or apps are in English. If you need, use Google Translate, or any other translation service, to browse them.

Job websites in Calgary

Many job websites can help you find work in Calgary. Some focus on certain professions and industries. A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be for example, “Construction worker in Calgary” or “Babysitter in Calgary”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in Calgary” or “Mall in Calgary” for example.

Facebook groups can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can search for Facebook groups that talk about Calgary or about jobs.

Indeed Canada in Calgary is a very popular job website in Calgary.

Glassdoor Canada in Calgary is another popular job website in Calgary.

Job Bank in Calgary is an official job website in Calgary. It’s by the Government of Canada.

Jobillico in Calgary is another popular job website in Calgary.

Alberta job centre is another job website in Calgary, Alberta.

Zip Recruiter is a job website in Canada.

More useful websites to get a job in Calgary

These are more websites that can be useful when you are looking for a job.

Kijiji in Calgary is classifieds in Calgary. It has job listings in Calgary.

Craigslist Calgary is classifieds in Calgary. It has job listings in Calgary.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in Calgary

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Calgary. I found these Facebook groups about jobs in Calgary. You can find more.

Jobs in Calgary is a Facebook group about jobs in Calgary.

Calgary Jobs is another Facebook group about jobs in Calgary.

Calgary Cash And Temporary Jobs is another Facebook group about jobs in Calgary.

Calgary job seekers. is another Facebook group about jobs in Calgary.

Alberta, Canada Jobs Hiring is another Facebook group about jobs in Alberta.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups that talk about jobs or about Calgary.

LinkedIn Canada is also a popular choice when networking for jobs.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in Calgary. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in Calgary.

Recruitment agencies in Calgary

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular role. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘recruitment agency near Calgary’ on Google Maps or any other map website. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Calgary, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in Calgary.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in Calgary

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies), or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.
These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. An employment agency will assist any job seeker. Unskilled workers are more likely to find a job with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications, or experience, in the job that they want. They have finished school recently, or they are changing industries or they are new to the region.
These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.
If you, for example, type ‘employment agency near Calgary’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Calgary, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in Calgary.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.

Ask around you for jobs in Calgary

Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Calgary, or in Canada. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Calgary

You can search for companies and local businesses in the Calgary area. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for “industry near Calgary”.

Walk around Calgary for possible jobs

If you are in Calgary, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for “market near Calgary, Alberta”. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Canadian residents but they can be open to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for “Alberta employment scheme” or “Calgary employment program”.

How to get a job with the city of Calgary

Calgary is a large city, with a population of over a million residents in the city itself. The municipal city government employs many people. They provide various services required by residents, local businesses, and institutions. You can explore the official city job board. You can find vacancies in HR, legal, administrative, tech, and more services for the City of Calgary. 


The above cover image shows somewhere at Philosafy Coffee in Calgary, Canada. Photo by Brent Gorwin on Unsplash